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How Many People Have a Green Card Through a Family Member in the United States?


Your family member may be able to help you come to the United States. Every year, individuals in the United States allow their residence and status in the country to help family members come and live as U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs). There are over 810,000 immigrants who apply for such status through a family member each year. About 88% of these applicants are approved, while 12% face a denial. From the start of the process, an individual wanting to become an LPR through a family member will usually have to wait around 20 months before they are approved for their Green Card.

The United States government understands that keeping families together is important and one of the essential foundations of the immigration laws in the country. If you are living abroad and your loved one is in the United States, you may be able to come to the country with the approval of a family green card. For help with this process and for answers to all of your questions, you are welcome to call the Atlanta family immigration attorneys at Shirazi Immigration Law Inc.

Family Immigrant Green Cards in the United States 

To obtain a family green card, there are four steps that you will have to take. First, you will have to submit your petition, then file your application, go to an interview, and last, wait for the final decision from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). If you are approved, then you can come to the United States to reunite with your loved one and live as a lawful permanent resident.

You would be in good company if you came to the U.S. through a family green card. There were 13.6 million green card holders living throughout the country in 2019 alone. Between the years 2016 and 2018, as high as 68% of the new green card holders were family green cards. When scrutinizing these numbers, it can be fairly estimated that at the end of 2019, there were over 9 million individuals who came to the U.S. through a family green card.

As of the data from 2019, the largest group of individuals who are green card holders in the U.S. come from Mexico. But, there are green card holders from around the globe that reside in the United States.

Of all the green card holders in the U.S., over nine million will be eligible to go through the process of naturalization and become United States citizens, gaining all of the rights and abilities that every other citizen has. This would include the right to vote, travel freely, bring family members to the country, apply for federal jobs, become an elected official, and more. More than six million family green card holders will have the same opportunity to be naturalized as U.S. citizens.

Speak to a Family Immigration Attorney Today 

For assistance with family-based immigration into the U.S., you are welcome to schedule a consultation to discuss your needs and case. Please call an Atlanta, GA, immigration lawyer, Shirazi Immigration Law Inc., today at 404-523-3611.

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